Spotting scam classified ads and Classifieds rules

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    Spotting scam ads
    I've noticed many scam ads online, here are some tips to spot them.

    Never send or accept overseas checks, especially from foreign lawyers representing "X", foreign supermodels who are interested in dating you over email, or anyone else who doesn't want to meet face-face. Shipping the car, sending a check for more than the car is worth, even some escrow services which you've never heard of are scams.

    If the price is too low to believe, respond from an email address that you don't use. Any spam that you attract goes to the spare email.

    If you get an email directing you to click on a link, check the URL and SSL certificate of the link. They often lead to a fake site that looks like the real site so that you enter your private information. This is called "phishing". Google it for more details.

    On craigslist, highlight the whole ad to reveal text that is colored white or look at the URL of the pictures. You will often see hacker signatures. It's one more way of laughing in your face. Below is an example of the nonsense text that shows up with you highlight the ad.

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    Classifieds Forum Rules

    Buy at your own risk! classifiedslister lists ads that may be of interest. Myturbodiesel.com does not edit and takes no responsibility for classified ads. By using the myturbodiesel.com forum, you agree that myturbodiesel.com is not liable for any transactions or damages resulting from those transactions made via the forum.

    If you are selling more than a few parts that you have laying around and/or for profit, please register as a vendor.

    If you are a vendor, links or banners to your site are allowed in your signature but please limit any graphics or to a small size. If you are not a vendor, no graphics in your signature.

    Please be respectful of other sellers and users, do not thread dump, if you feel the price is too high, don't buy it. Do not hijack posts, buyers will find you.

    If you want to negotiate pricing, do so by private message or email.

    No feelers in classifieds - either it's for sale or it isn't. No "taking offers" - you must list with some firm price and then go from there.

    Vendor, Ebay, autotrader, craigslist, etc. links are allowed but you must list the auction/item/post details so people don't have to click through.

    An escrow service can help prevent fraud by acting like a middle man for the transaction. There is a fee but it can help prevent fraud.

    Tips on verifying someone's identity, ask for their information such as telephone number and mailing address and call them. Many scammers just use fake contact information and hope it's never verified. Ask for a picture of the item with something specific like a piece of paper with their member name written on it or their local newspaper. This verifies that they actually have the item that they are selling and haven't just stolen the picture from elsewhere.
     
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